Thursday, 25 May 2017

My Nineteenth Frolic for 2017...

The night of my Nineteenth Frolic corresponded with Friday Night Sew In (FNSI), hosted by the wonderful Wendy from Sugarlane Designs.

Unfortunately, I seem to have missed the last few months  of FNSI posting (oops!  I actually haven't had a FNSI post since January!!!!!) but I actually managed to get my act together this month!  And now, I have a bit of a serendipitous story to tell.

Once upon a Friday, it was time for May FNSI and as it was a Friday, it was also Kitten Stitching and the Friday Frolics night, so I went to my Girls Nest and pulled out this UFO project.  I started this at the beginning of 2015.  My dear friend, Marie (of Sunday walks fame) was doing some clearing out and she was going to throw out his gorgeous wooden photo storage box.  Now, I thought to myself, I can do something with this and I started stitching like mad to create a memento or personalised sewing box for myself.  (Good idea, hey?)  I managed to finish five "windows" before the project somehow ended up on the back burner.

(I just checked back and the one and only, very brief, mention of this project was on my Kitten Stitching blog at the end of this post way back in March, 2015!!!!!)

Anyway, here is MY box as it is looking now:

 Now, as luck would have it, that very Friday morning, I was reading dear Carol's lovely blog, Stitching Dreams, where she showcased a very special piece that she had stitched for her dear Mother's 90th birthday.  

It was a gorgeous freebie from The Snowflower Diaries.  Now, this design (sans border) looked perfect for my memento box, so I quickly printed the design and off I went.

However, I did change the word "loved" to "blessed" and added a third baby bird to represent my third child.


... and every fairy tale has a happy ending (or dance), so here is my finished piece.

I am so pleased that FNSI and FF inspired me to get this project out again - who knows, maybe it will be a FFO very soon?

Thanks for visiting, everyone and if you would like to see what everyone else got up to for FNSI, please click on the pic below:


P.S.  As I am super busy the next three days (doing fun things, of course) - there is still time to join in my Merry Xmas in July Exchange , which I am running on my Kitten Stitching blog.  Just click on a present below to sign up.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

My Seventeenth and Eighteenth Frolics for 2017

OOOh, running a bit behind with my FF posts - so here is a Twofer for you....

My Seventeenth Frolic (Friday, 5th May) was a real bust!  I picked up an old UFO from a few years ago - Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Castle and I did start stitching on it again BUT!!!!!!!

I had to face reality - I had made a bad error right at the start, in the background stitching (making a cross stitch over three threads, not two - rookie mistake, I know) and instead of biting the bullet at the time and pulling it out when I found it - I kept trying to fudge it.  But, of course, I knew that the mistake was there, but I kept compounding it by trying to stitch around it and so the project was abandoned.
When I picked it up for Friday Frolics, I just couldn't ignore the mistake any longer and I started frogging it - which was a thankless task.  I think that now I am going to abandon it altogether - I will use the unused portions of the fabric for smaller designs and just ditch the stitched part. 

A shame really but I have so many other things that I want to stitch that it seems to be the best plan, really.  Maybe one day I will return to it, maybe not - who knows?

(The mistake is somewhere in the light blue background, to the right of the red and white striped pole.)

My Eighteenth Frolic (Friday, May 12th) was a lot more successful - a new start!

   Walk through our Village by UB Designs.

... And this is my progress pic.....

Don't you just love the red roof?

So, that is all for me for now.

I wonder what my next Friday Frolic will bring?

hugs, Kaye

P.S. I would like to invite you to join in the fun of my Merry Xmas in July exchange,which I am running on my main blog, Kitten Stitching.  
Just click on a present below to sign up.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

My Sixteenth Frolic for 2017....

... was most successful as it turned into a Happy Dance!

... and a FFO.

The Snooty Parrot Sampler Fob
Barbara Ana Designs
28 ct Mocha linen
Suggested DMC floss

hugs, Kaye

My Fifteenth Frolic for 2017 ...

For my fifteenth frolic for the year, I stitched on my travel piece - The Nutcracker Sampler (as we were visiting DS2 in Sydney for four days).

Here is what I managed to get done over that time:

This sampler is really taking shape now - I am loving it!

hugs, Kaye

Monday, 17 April 2017

My Fourteenth Frolic for 2017....

For my latest FF, I picked up another old UFO (not as old as last week's, I don't think, but still way past time it was stitched on again!)

This is called Alphabet Sampler and is from an old cross stitch magazine (I only seem to have my photocopied pages, but I think it is an old Jill Oxton mag).  

When I picked it up, I only had the outer border to do.

By the end of Friday evening, I was up to here.

So, as we had the long Easter weekend, I determined to finish it before I went back to work this morning.  Let's see how I went....

That heart in the mouth moment when you hope like mad that the border matches up!

Phew! It did!

And, here we go.... Success!  All finished!

I am just in love with it!  I love the soft, antique look of it and I can't wait to get it to the framers.

hugs, Kaye

My Thirteenth Frolic for 2017...

This week I picked up a very old UFO, which I had found abandoned in a large wicker storage basket crammed under the stairs!

It is Windswept Santa from The Gold Collection by Dimensions.  It is a kit and it is being stitched on Aida, which I have not stitched on for many years.  

This is where I was up to, when it was abandoned.

I managed to fill in a bit of the red on his cloak.  It is rather fiddly, as there are a lot of blended threads and half stitches, which I am not sure that I like that much.  So, it may be a while before this one is picked up again. We'll see!

hugs, Kaye

Friday, 7 April 2017

How's that?

A Friday Frolicking post on a's that?

I know I don't post much here. It's because I usually like to post if I have significant progress on my WIPs/ a finish or if I have something to show which I haven't shown on my main blog.

So what did I do this morning...I FFOed a finish.

All hand sewn.. took me around 3+ hrs.I'm very happy with how this has turned out. I added simple white ric rac lace for the first time..certainly will be doing that more in future.

I Love Coffee
Started on :31-Mar-2017
Finished on: 6-Apr-2017
FFoed on: 7-Apr-2017
Stitched on:32 count linen
Floss used :Anchor
Designer: Kell Smurthwaite
Pattern source:
Number of colors: 2
Stitch count: 34H*66W
Type of stitches: Full cross stitch
Number of strands used :2 for Full cross stitches

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Noni's April Post #1

Ok... so where did the rest of February and all of March go?  I had such great plans to most on the FF blog every weekend... but I blinked and missed a month or so of weekends!  Never mind another Friday is just around the corner!

So I thought I would give you a little bit of an update on my Friday night stitching project... Faces of Joan Elliott SAL

The last time you saw this project was back in January and I was working on the Holly Fairy

I haven't done any more on her recently, instead I moved on and started the Unicorn square.

And that is as far as I have gotten with this one....

Most Friday nights I have been working on various other pieces which I haven't always taken a photo of... so I will just leave this post here for now and try and come back on the weekend with an update on this project!

Til next time,  happy stitching and may the frog not come for a visit at your house! :o)
Hugs xx

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

My Twelfth Frolic for 2017....

Well, I didn't quite manage to post when I said that I would last post, however, I am, at least posting before the next Friday - lol!

For my twelfth frolic, I thought that I should get a wriggle on with my The Frosted Pumpkin's Twelve Days of Christmas.  I am happy to say that I managed to finish Day Three - Three French Hens.

Only two more days until my Thirteenth Frolic, I wonder what will come out of the WIP/UFO pile next?

hugs, Kaye

Monday, 3 April 2017

Barbara from The Flashing Scissors 2017 #3

Hello Frolickers!

A couple of Fridays ago I was searching through my folders of cross stitch stuff, and rediscovered this teeny tiny pattern ....

Honey Bee Cross Stitching from Cross Stitcher 1998
"Honey Bee"
..... a freebie from Cross Stitcher, in 1998!

Back in '98 I had stitched the lower row only, and decided it was too fiddly as it is 16 hpi .... I usually stitch on 14 hpi. 

Anyway, that was w-a-a-a-y before I discovered our wonderful online cross stitching community, and, as so many of my cross stitch friends stitch on very high count fabrics I thought I ought to persevere with this particular teeny tiny16 count! It could also count towards Kerry's Theme-Tas-Stitch 2017 - "March Madness"! (If you haven't read about "March Madness" you can find out more in my post HERE)

While we were out travelling on the train on Friday I added the next couple of rows, but most of the hive was stitched on Saturday, at snatched minutes during the day and evening!

Honey Bee and Stitch by Stitch
Bee Happy and my latest new start - "Stitch by Stitch"
Oh yes, last week ..... as it was still March, just!! .... I was also tempted to start another project, but this had to be stitched at home as it was rather complicated sorting all the threads .... and this was again due to Kerry's March Madness ..... (another possible reason for starting this one could well be the fact there are  scissors in the picture .... and my blog name is ????? "The Flashing Scissors" !!!)

Stitch by Stitch
"Stitch By Stitch"
and it could also count as part of "Gifted Gorgeousness" as it was part of the Giveaway I received from Jacquie Morris last year!

Today I've picked up an old project for April's Theme-Tas-Stitch ("stitch on something water related") and I intend to carry on with this for next Friday's Frolick, so hopefully I'll have photos to share again next week.

Happy Stitching everyone!!!

Barbara x

Saturday, 1 April 2017

My Eleventh Frolic for 2017...

Oh dear, I am over a week late with my Eleventh Frolic and two days late for my Twelfth!  Oh well, you will get two post today! lol!

So, here goes on my Eleventh Frolic.....  Lizzie Kate's A Very Scary SAL, which I last posted about sometime in 2012!

Here is where I was up to.....

... and just a little bit of progress this time around.  I actually didn't get as much stitched as I would have liked as all of the specialty threads for this design seem to have migrated (or runaway from neglect) to other projects, so I have re-ordered them from my LNS, Lazy Daisy.

I will be quite excited to get them and get back into stitching on this design as I have nearly finished Part Two and there is only one more part after that.

hugs, Kaye

P.S. My Twelfth Frolic will be posted very soon, so please come back for a squiz!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Potions Progress

Hi, again :) It's been a while since I posted on my Friday Frolicking on my Potions, Brews, and Spells pattern. I wanted to have a few Friday's worth of stitching before I posted about it again. So here is my progress since the last time :)

I ended up with my initials and date after last week's frolicking. There is a few more cross stitch bits below this section, but a majority of it is backstitching, specialty stitches, and cross stitching over one. After I get the regular cross stitching done in this section, I plan on moving back up and leaving the bottom section until last.

I was able to get a close up photograph of the thread color. Isn't it pretty? I love the variegated purples. It has been a while since I've worked with colored silks and I don't think I've ever worked with a variegated one before. I love how it stitches up.

Maybe some day I'll be able to get a photograph of the fabric that shows its true color. My cell phone camera does whatever it wants with this fabric depending on the time of day and lighting......ugh!

Until next time ^____^

Thursday, 23 March 2017

My Tenth Frolic for 2017....

..... ooops, late again!  And here it is Frolic day again Downunder but I am still frolicking about last week - lol!

So, let's get on with it!

I was a bit of a naughty girl, as, instead of picking up a WIP or UFO, you guessed it!  I started something new!!!!!!

Nutcracker Sampler....

A gorgeous nutcracker Christmas design, kindly gifted to me by the delightful Melinda from Family Business.

It is a really sweet design from an old magazine and features five different nutcrackers standing to attention all in a row, with an alphabet above and surrounded by a candy cane and heart border - just adorable - all in time-honoured Christmas colours.

Thank you so much, dear Melinda.

So, a quick post, as I promised, and now I am off to be a good girl and find a languishing WIP/UFO to work on today.

hugs, Kaye

Saturday, 18 March 2017

My ninth Frolic for 2017

Sorry, a bit late with this one but it was a super busy time for me last week, so I am a bit behind with my posting (that is what happens when you go back to work three days a week - boy, does it eat into your stitching and blogging time - lol!)

Anyway, here is my ninth Friday Frolic for 2017....

Noel Blanc....

Noel Blanc
Designer: K
Designer: A  Mon Ami Pierre
Fabric: 28 ct Willow (I think that is what it is called.)
Floss: Suggested DMC threads

The true colour of the fabric is closer in the second pic. I must say it looks much prettier in real life

 The last time I stitched on this piece was in August 2015!

Stay tuned for my Tenth Frolic for 2017 post coming up very soon!